International Antarctic Centre, Christchurch

4.2
Experience the excitement of Antarctica without the risk of frostbite at International Antarctic Centre, dedicated to hands-on learning about explorations on the icy continent. Cool down with a visit to the indoor polar room, chilled to -5 C (23 F) and filled with frosty features such as an ice cave and simulated blizzard (warm clothing is provided). Take a ride on a hagglund, a special vehicle used to get over difficult Antarctic terrain, or pay a visit to some of Antarctica's cutest residents in the Little Blue Penguin enclosure, home to 26 of the flightless birds. Make International Antarctic Centre a centerpiece of your Christchurch vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Christchurch trip itinerary app .
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  • A little disappointed to be honest - it appears that nothing has changed since we last visited (ops no that's not correct we got to pat a husky this time )  more »
  • While waiting for our afternoon flight out, we spent a couple of enjoyable hours here and found it really interesting. The educational displays are good and nicely balanced with more interactive...  more »
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  • An informative, interesting and interactive museum. There were many things to see and experience such as the 4D movie, riding the Hägglund bandwagons, seeing rescued penguins and petting huskies. But the huskies were kept in a very small place and they were in extremely short leashes and could not move around freely. I felt so sorry for the dogs and I truly hope they remove the dogs (even tough they are cute) especially since they are not used in expeditions anymore according to the exhibition.
  • Such a cool place... pun totally not intended. A tonne of stuff to take in with interactive displays. The storm room is a neat addition. Gets pretty cold! -18 degrees!!!! But it’s really bearable. Penguins are cute, but I’ve a personal gripe with this sort of thing. That aside, it’s fun. Fully recommend the visit.
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